Schalke 04 vs. Montpellier  2 - 2

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Hoewedes hammers Schalke errors

4 October 2012 03:51

Schalke defender Benedikt Hoewedes branded his team's mistakes 'unprofessional' after conceding late on to draw 2-2 with Montpellier.

Schalke recovered from going behind early in Wednesday's match to lead 2-1 at home to the Ligue 1 title-holders in Group B of the Champions League.

With the visitors reduced to 10 men by the sending off of Souleymane Camara seven minutes into the second half, Schalke looked firmly on course to bag all three points at the Veltins-Arena.

But Garry Bocaly netted a 90th-minute equaliser for Montpellier, leaving Hoewedes infuriated at his team's inability to retain their lead.

"Of course the result is really bitter," he said.

"We've been the better team. We didn't use our chances after we led 2-1. And then they tied the game in the last minute. That is just stupid.

"That shouldn't happen to our professional team. The same thing just happened to us three days ago when we played Duesseldorf. We were doing the same mistakes again," he said, after Schalke gave up a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 at promoted Duesseldorf on Friday.

Next up for Schalke is a trip to face English Premier League side Arsenal, who number Germany internationals Lukas Podolski and Per Mertesacker among their ranks.

"Of course it would be good to have already six points before we'll face Arsenal," Hoewedes said.

"But with four points we are in a good position in this Champions League group.

"We do have a chance to beat Arsenal. We don't have to be scared to play in London. I will call Per and will have a chat with him. But again: We really want to win this game."

After a slow start to their Ligue 1 title defence and a home loss to Arsenal on matchday one, Montpellier Remy Cabella said it was a great feeling to salvage a point.

"We only had 10 men and they had the ball, but we gave everything, all that we had," Cabella said.

"We scored that second goal and frankly it felt good and I think it will gives us confidence for the upcoming weeks.

"It's true that last year against Lille it was a beautiful feeling to win the title but tonight it's different, it's the champions league. And that goal was really good, we tried really hard to get it."

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Girard: Montpellier have it all to do

3 October 2012 09:47

Montpellier head coach Rene Girard says playing Arsenal and then Schalke is a tough introduction to the UEFA Champions League.

French champions Montpellier lost 2-1 at home to Arsenal in their first match of the Champions League group stage last month.

On Wednesday they face Germany's Schalke in Gelsenkirchen on matchday two.

Girard thinks his side need to win at least one of their away matches in the group to make up for that home defeat to Arsenal.

"I would say that the match against Arsenal was part of a learning curve for us," he said.

"They were the big team in the group and now we continue by playing another one of the group's favourites. I think that we are coming here to Schalke with the will and the determination to do something positive.

"I think that the Champions League, it's another dimension. You can do big league games, but the Champions League, it's another level.

"Playing Arsenal in the first game, I would not say it was a way to evaluate ourselves, but it was maybe a way to reassure ourselves, to know that we can be up to challenge of the event.

"And I think we proved we can be. There's plenty to do still, but it gave us confidence.

According to Girard, Montpellier ideally needed to win all three of their games at the Stade de la Mosson to have any chance of qualifying.

"I said it when the draw was done : there are two big teams, Arsenal and Schalke, and then two teams approximately at the same level," he said, referring to Greek club Olympiakos.

"If we wanted to do something interesting (progress), we needed to be flawless at home.

"We lost against Arsenal so we need to get points away. I don't know if it's going to be three points, but even one would be great. One point at Schalke would be good but if we can take three, we won't say no."

Meanwhile, Schalke head coach Huub Stevens has slammed the German media for claiming Girard's team is full of unknown players.

Stevens is certain Montpellier will be dangerous.

"They're the French champions, and whether they have well-known players or not is irrelevant," Stevens said.

"They have some great players.

"I can name (Anthony) Mounier, I can name (Remy) Cabella, I can name (Younes) Belhanda, I can name (Souleymane) Camara.

"They are very good offensive players; it's only in Germany that they aren't so well-known."

Bundesliga table

# Team MP D P
13 0 +0 0
14 0 +0 0
15 0 +0 0
16 0 +0 0
17 0 +0 0

Ligue 1 table

# Team MP D P
9 0 +0 0
10 0 +0 0
11 0 +0 0
12 0 +0 0
13 0 +0 0